Jobs with Justice

In the late 1990s, workers at the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press went on strike to demand living wages and decent benefits. The strike mobilized rank and file workers and reinvigorated the labor movement with the understanding that workers can't win alone. 

The strikers toured different cities to talk about their struggles. In many places they met Jobs with Justice coalition members. Several of the newspaper strikers attended the 1999 Jobs with Justice annual meeting in Kentucky. They were inspired by the solidarity and power that coalitions demonstrated and returned to launch Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice (SEM - JWJ). 

Since its formation, SEM - JWJ has mobilized labor unions and community members around various issues from universal healthcare to passing living wage ordinances. 

Click here to find out more about Jobs with Justice and to join the fight!